What is it? It is the view of "last things" that believes the church has replaced Israel as the beneficiary of the Old Testament promises to the Nation of Israel. It completely disregards the 20th chapter of Revelation that talks of a 1000 year period of time at the beginning of which Jesus Christ will overthrow the kingdoms and nations of this wicked world, and set up his righteous kingdom which will last 1000 years. Instead it teaches that Christianity will, after many cycles of apostasy and revival, finally convert the world to Christ, and then he will set up a kingdom which will last forever. The sixfold mention of 1000 years in Revelation 20 simply stands for an "indefinite time period". All scripture that doesn't fit into the system is allegorized and said to be "symbolic". It places heavy emphasis on reforming society (Christian Coalition, etc.). One school of post millennialism, the reconstructionists arm, teaches that we must impose the moral law of the old testament (interpreted by them!) on the unsaved social system.
This school of thought believes that the detailed events in the book of revelation found their fulfillment in the Roman military general Titus's destruction of Jerusalem around 70 A.D. What it can't explain in the book of Revelation it blithely explains away as mystical symbolism. It relies heavily on the historical writings of an unsaved Jewish historian named Josephus for it's understanding of the fulfillment of the book of Revelation. Although Revelation chapter twenty explicitly states that during the millenial reign of Christ for 1000 years Satan will be chained in the bottomless pit, their millennium (now!) has Satan alive and well on planet earth! One old Southern woman put it as well as it can be said. "If de debil be chained up now, he show do hab a long chain!"
It is in opposition to the correct pre-millenial system of Biblical interpretation. It has Christ setting up his 1000 year millenial reign after the great tribulation (still future) and ruling in righteousness for 1000 years, after which he will destroy all those whose hearts are still in rebellion to him, and set up his eternal kingdom which will be forever in perfect righteousness.
Why is this system of interpretation scripturally blasphemous? Whenever someone or some system takes credit for what God does he usurps the glory that belongs to God. That is blasphemy. Mankind, Christian or otherwise, will never bring the world into subjection to Christ. Christ
will do it himself! There were even some who held to some of the tenants of postmillennialism, and it's sister teaching A-millennialism around during the time of the apostle Paul. He spoke:
"Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme." (1Timothy 1:20). And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; What was Hymenaeus teaching? " Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some." (2Timothy 2:17,18)
Does Post-millennialism teach the resurrection is already past? YES. They, along with all A-millennialism (i.e. no millennium). Notice:
Revelation 20: 5 along with Ephesians 2:4-6 is used to prove the resurrection is already past:
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. (Rev. 20:5) Since the book of Revelation is fulfilled in their view, the resurrection would have to be "past". How is this justified from scripture?
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: (Eph. 2:5,6)
The above are interpreted to teach that the first resurrection is spiritual only, and that those who "take part" i.e., get saved, have been "raised up" and will rule (oops - are reigning) with him a thousand years (oops, an indefinite period of time.)
Paul call's that teaching blasphemy!
The fact that Revelation 5 states "But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection." is irrelevant. Christians are now reigning with Christ, and will soon bring the unsaved world into subjection to him! We might add that at the present rate, the Kingdom won't show up for another 5 million years!
Now, some Postmillennialist will deny the above. And in a sense they are correct that they do not teach a past physical resurrection, based on the above verse. But they will be hard pressed to explain how we are in the millenial reign of Christ now when Paul makes it clear that before that reign takes place, our bodies have been redeemed, our qualifying works have been tried by fire. (Romans chapter 8:23, I Corinthians 3:11-15 ).
KINGDOM BUILDING IS EXPENSIVE
Is it costly to spend time and money on political lobbying? It is costly to spend money on fighting abortion and pornography? Is it expensive to attempt to elect politicians to office whom you hope will "turn things around?" YES. Are we against abortion and pornography? YES.
Does it cost money to equip a missionary to carry the gospel to the far corners of the globe? YES.
NOW, of both of the above, one (top) will only clean "things" up. The second will clean up the hearts of men headed for a devils hell. for more information visit our page on Political activism.